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The 11 Leadership Secrets You’ve Never Heard About – Forbes

The 11 Leadership Secrets You've Never Heard About - Forbes.  "The old distinctions between leaders and followers are gone.  Great followers follow by leading."  August Turak writes about 11 ways in which great followers follow by leading.  Here's his list: Great Followers Seize the Initiative Great Followers Create their Own Job Great Followers are Coachable [...]

The Radical Beauty of Three Simple Management Practices – Nicholas Bloom, Raffaella Sadun, and John Van Reenen

The Radical Beauty of Three Simple Management Practices - Nicholas Bloom, Raffaella Sadun, and John Van Reenen - HBS Faculty - Harvard Business Review.  The authors identify three simple management practices: set targets establish incentives monitor performance that increase productivity, reduce errors and improve annual sales growth.  At first glance, it may seem that this [...]

The Progress Principle | Teresa Amabile and Steven Kramer

One of the reasons I really like The Progress Principle -- Using Small Wins to Ignite Joy, Engagement, and Creativity at Work  by Teresa Amabile and Steven Kramer is that it validates my long-held view of the importance of a making progress -- even a little progress -- every day.  Many people are familiar with Lao-tzu's [...]

Dan Pink on the surprising science of motivation

Dan Pink on the surprising science of motivation | Video on TED.com.  This is a great talk at a Ted conference by Daniel Pink.  Daniel Pink also elaborates on his ideas in his book Drive.  This talk is amusing and insightful.  He recounts a number of studies and experiments that demonstrate that contrary to popular belief, [...]

Who’s Got the Monkey?

  Management Time: Who's Got the Monkey? by William Oncken, Jr., and Donald L. Wass  This one of the greatest articles I have read.  I first saw it in 1986 when I was a subordinate and the managers at the firm wanted to encourage employees to take more initiative.  The article outlines the plight of a [...]

Firing Someone: What They Don’t Teach You in B-School

Firing Someone: What They Don't Teach You in B-School - Andrew J. Hoffman - Harvard Business Review.  This is an excellent blog post about Mr. Hoffman's own experience firing someone and how it is critical to the other employees that the manager upheld high standards and did not permit non-performing employees to continue to work [...]